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Bug Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2007
The result, then, is that little here is psychologically engaging for the viewer. Instead, to witness vulnerable Agnes being pulled into a vortex of delusion and paranoia is akin to watching a car wreck.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
| Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 13, 2007
A disaster on every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
May 23, 2007
After a well-constructed first act, the story becomes a little tiresome and repetitive and the characters, who are will defined to begin with, stray ever closer to the edge of overwrought one-dimensionality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 24, 2007
Plays like lousy dinner theater doing its darnedest to give American paranoia a bad name.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
May 25, 2007
Friedkin settles for more gore and less fear. While I give the film points for style and weirdness, in the end it's more a garden-variety insect than an exotic new discovery.
| Original Score: C+
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
June 12, 2007
...you start to wonder what Friedkin has been doing for the past 30 years. From the look of "Bug," I'd have ventured not a darn thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
May 24, 2007
An excruciating affair, like a bad drug trip that never really rises above its off-Broadway roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Todd McCarthy
May 20, 2006
William Friedkin's overwrought screen version of Tracy Letts' play assaults the viewer with aggressive thesping and over-the-top notions of shocking incident, all to intensely alienating effect.
Brian Orndorf
May 25, 2007
Bug is unique in its priorities; a quality Lionsgate should've been eager to celebrate rather than keep away from online press and accurate promotion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 19, 2007
The audience is likely to be left scratching their heads, and that wouldn't be from insect bites brought on by this film's extremely unpleasant subject matter.
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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 7, 2007
...has the air of acting class exercises rather than a work of real emotional resonance...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
May 28, 2007
This material badly wants to be searing and disturbing, but it's all too obviously conceived as showboat material for actors, with little room for subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 25, 2007
Bug buzzes around in random menace for an hour until its third act, when -- zzzzzt! -- it flies straight into the zapper.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 24, 2007
Whatever unexpected ability [Judd] shows in the early scenes of this paranoid thriller go utterly to waste as the film spirals ridiculously out of control by the end.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 25, 2007
Bug won't get under your skin as much as it will assault you with its ghastly claustrophobic drama and over-the-top performances.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cole Haddon
Orlando Weekly
May 24, 2007
Consider how low Friedkin has fallen when 'doesn't entirely suck' is a reason to celebrate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Pais
May 28, 2007
Afterwards, most people will be asking, 'What the hell was that?' while still suspecting that the movie has something worthwhile trying to crawl its way out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Willie Waffle
May 24, 2007
you realize they are just going to keep talking and talking and talking for the whole movie, when you wish they would SHUT UP!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 25, 2007
By the second act it has a case of diarrhea of the mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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